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Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:31 pm
by steve82
their must be somebody that takes the system serious

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:31 pm
by shiftytigger
Not serious but i do find it handy for MD emulation - buttons in good place for Streetfighter though its not well emulated.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:52 pm
by DreamcastRIP
steve82 wrote:their must be somebody that takes the system serious
Nintendo and Sony would appear to have taken the Gizmondo seriously given that the 'augmented reality' on 3DS and PS Vita was done by Gizmondo over seven years ago now.

A few of us here own and appreciate Gizmondo. Using the 'search' function may have helped answer your query.

Are you considering getting a Gizmondo as otherwise it's not clear for why you bothered posting this new thread?

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:09 pm
by Rinoa
I like the Gizmondo, I have all the released games for it. Trailblazer's such a great little game.

When my TomTom died a couple of years back I used the Gizmondo as my main Sat Nav, so its had quite a lot of use.

Great for emulation too, apparently. I did give it a go, but couldn't get it to work straight away so gave up, but I'm sure it's not that difficult to do - I'm just not that bothered about emulating.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:15 pm
by zapiy
I love my Gizmondo, the few games i currently have are fantastic for such a small HandHeld.

There is a guy who will be along shortly that's dedicated a lot of time to it, even wrote a book.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:45 pm
by AmigaJay
zapiy wrote:There is a guy who will be along shortly that's dedicated a lot of time to it, even wrote a book.
Who is this 'Guy'!? kneel to Zod......ZOD!!
Sorry my son was watching Superman earlier!

Yeah I'm serious, well sometimes! What do you want to know about said system?

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:02 pm
by TwoHeadedBoy
Never gotten round to emulating stuff on it, but there's a few unreleased games I like the look of. One of them to do with painting or something? Can't remember off the top of my head.

TrailBlazer's fantastic though, definitely. SSX3's okay, nothing spectacular but worth five minutes. It's a nice design overall, I'd probably use it a lot more if I got some emulators running on it!

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:46 am
by merman
Being a Shaun Southern fan, I'd love to own one with Trailblazer...

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:19 am
by Evander
I think it's a great system. Build quality is excellent, nice screen, plus I got mine with all the Gizmondo games on an SD card along with the megadrive emulator and music videos.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:21 am
by AmigaJay
merman wrote:Being a Shaun Southern fan, I'd love to own one with Trailblazer...
Yeah its worth picking one up just for Trailblazer and P.O.D! They go for between £20-£30 on ebay

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:42 am
by DreamcastRIP
AmigaJay wrote:Yeah its worth picking one up just for Trailblazer and P.O.D! They go for between £20-£30 on ebay
+1 :D

Trailblazer on Gizmondo is a very cool game if a tad too difficult/frustrating for my liking. I must give it another go some time.

P.O.D. Point of Destruction may not look all that on Youtube but it's an absolute joy to play. One of my favourite handheld console games in fact.

There's some fun to be had with the other Gizmondo games too but those two are the console's real gems, imho.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:46 am
by Mootown
We had a Gizmondo in the office when I worked at Gamestation Head Office way back when. I remember we were baffled by the fact it didn't appear to have an on/off button. Maybe I'm remembering it wrong.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:57 am
by Rinoa
Mootown wrote:We had a Gizmondo in the office when I worked at Gamestation Head Office way back when. I remember we were baffled by the fact it didn't appear to have an on/off button. Maybe I'm remembering it wrong.
I'm fairly certain the on/off button is the top right hand button above the screen.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:08 am
by Rinoa
Evander wrote:Build quality is excellent
The build quality is far from excellent unfortunately. It looks good and feels good to hold, but there's a common issue with the controls/buttons. I've had three Gizmondos (all in excellent, virtually unused condition) and all three of them had issues with button sensitivity (some not working at all). I took them all apart and swapped the working buttons over to one Gizmondo in the end.

Re: Are you a fan of the Gizmondo?

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:28 am
by DreamcastRIP
Rinoa wrote:... It looks good and feels good to hold, but there's a common issue with the controls/buttons. I've had three Gizmondos (all in excellent, virtually unused condition) and all three of them had issues with button sensitivity (some not working at all). I took them all apart and swapped the working buttons over to one Gizmondo in the end.
I love the ergonomics of Gizmondo too.

* very comfortable to hold - none of that rectangular nonsense like on certain other handhelds
* that rubbery texture finish the casing has just makes sense - surprised more handhelds haven't copied it
* the rocker nature of the d-pad is a dream to use - second only to that of the Sega Nomad, imho
* the diamond layout, size and responsiveness of the main face/action buttons is fine
* the odd-looking shoulder buttons are positioned perfectly for my hands and they're more responsive than some more recent handhelds

On the negative side, I find the top menu buttons irksome to use. Too small and fiddly to press properly, for me at least.

I've thankfully experienced no issues with the system's durability... but don't start me on the battery!